Attempts to forge a new coalition government in Germany have collapsed. What does it mean for Chancellor Merkel? Our guests: Werner Sonne (freelance journalist), Alan Posener (Die Welt) and Ulrike Herrmann (taz).
Werner Sonne, journalist and author.
Alan Posener, author for the German newspaper Die Welt.
Ulrike Herrmann, business editor for the German newspaper taz.
When Angela Merkel became Germany's first female chancellor in 2005, many saw this as proof that it is not always a disadvantage to be underestimated by inner-party rivals. DW looks back at the beginnings.
A plane carrying the German chancellor had to turn around and land in Cologne after only an hour in the air due to a technical difficulty. She is now on her way to Buenos Aires on a commercial flight.
Chancellor Merkel countered a storm of accusations and scorn from the far right in her first parliamentary speech since announcing this would be her last term. She also emphasized the value of international cooperation.
Two months after far-right violence and ensuing demonstrations rocked Germany, the German president has made a subdued if cordial visit to the city now associated with far-right extremism. His message: We need to talk.
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